Critical Response Unit Lesson 2: What is a Critic?
Ask students the following questions:
- What is a critic?
- Where have you heard or seen a critic’s opinion?
- Define and discuss the role of a critic and accompanying vocabulary using the PowerPoint: Critical Response (slides 6-10).
- Discuss the difference between an informed and uninformed opinion.
- Ask students, “When are we critics?” Discuss how they make critical judgments everyday, about things such as music, fashion, and movies.
- Ask students if they have seen a critic’s opinion in a newspaper or on TV. Show examples.
- As a homework assignment, have students find critical reviews of music, film, or fashion, then circle all of the critic’s opinions, interpretations, and judgements used to form the critique.
After all students are finished analyzing their reviews, ask them to share their findings with the class:
- Who wrote the review and what did they critique?
- Why did you choose the review?
- Discuss what opinions, interpretations, and judgements you circled and why.
- Did the examples you found contain comparisons? How can a comparison help you create an informed opinion?